Making a positive difference

Unity Worldwide Ministries History

The Association of Unity Churches was created in the mid-1960s to serve the needs of the churches and ministers throughout the movement.

As the Unity movement was growing, it became increasingly complex to manage the needs of the field ministries. In the mid-1960s, Unity School of Christianity suggested that Unity ministers form a group to support the work of the churches. This resulted in better services for the churches and ministers.

Our organization focuses on:
•    credentialing Unity ministers, licensed teachers and youth educators;
•    working with churches to hire ministers and working with ministers to be hired by churches;
•    ongoing training for Unity leaders, boards and lay people;
•    creating resources for youth and family ministry;

The formation of the Association of Unity Churches created two major organizations within the movement─the Association being the lesser-known. In 2011, the Association of Unity Churches International adopted the Unity Identity Project. As a result, we changed our name to Unity Worldwide Ministries. This focus on the Unity brand is uniting and strengthening our movement, making us more easily recognizable to the general public.

A history of Unity

"Development of Unity Worldwide Ministries" article  by Tom Thorpe

 

This list illustrates and honors the past presidents and board chairs that have helped guide our organization since the late 60's. Their leadership has left a lasting impression on Unity Worldwide Ministries and our movement as a whole. We thank each of them for their service. 
  Mary Masters
2013-2014
Julie Armour
2012-2013
Jim Lee
2011-2012
David McArthur
2010-2011
Julie Montague
2009-2010
Marilyn Muehlbach
2008-2009
Dan Holloway
2007-2008
Pat Williamson
2006-2007
Roger Goodwin
2005-2006
Juan Enrique Toro
2004-2005
Argentina Glasgow
2003-2004
Clare Austin
2002-2003
Diane Sickler
2001-2002
Richard Mantei
2000-2001
Sharon Connors
1999-2000
John Strickland
1998-1999
Jimmie Scott
1997-1998
Norma Iris Rosado
1996-1997
Joel W. Baehr
1995-1996
♦1929-2013
Martha "Pat" Barker
1994-1995
Alan Rowbotham
1993-1994
Edie Skalitzky
1992-1993
R. Scott Sherman
1991-1992
Nancy Neal
1990-1991
V. Stanford Hampson
1989-1990
Maya Brandenberger
1988-1989
Jim Rosemergy
1987-1988
Larry Swartz
1986-1987
Marshall "Max" Lafser
1985-1986
Jay Dishman
1983-1985 (2 terms)
♦1930-1988
Jack Barker
1982-1983
Ruth Mosley
1981-1982
David McClure
1980-1981
Jack E. Boland
1979-1980
♦1924-1992
Bernard Dozier
1978-1979
Paul C. Barrett
1977-1978
♦1927-2001
Joyce Kramer
1976-1977
James C. Lewis
1975-1976
♦1927-1991
Robert L. Stevens
1974-1975
♦1930-2013

Dorothy M. Pierson
1973-1974
♦1916-2013

Grover Thornsberry
1972-1973
♦1921-1992
Glenn Mosley
1971-1972
Phillip M. Pierson
1970-1971
Johnnie Colemon
1969-1970
William W. Helmbold
1968-1969
♦1915-1997
Mary L. Kupferle
1967-1968
♦1916-2003
Charles A Neal
1966-1967
♦1910-2004